By Albert J. Bredenoord, André Smout, Jan Tack
This ebook describes the factors and medical administration of practical gastrointestinal issues in a without difficulty comprehensible approach, because of many transparent illustrations. The concrete and functional recommendation supplied should be so much necessary within the medical perform of either the overall practitioner and the clinical expert. sensible problems of the gastrointestinal tract, akin to gastroesophageal reflux illness, useful dyspepsia, and irritable bowel syndrome, are quite common and protracted stipulations. regardless of the new ebook of many medical papers on their analysis and therapy, a lot continues to be uncertain, and administration remains to be thought of difficult. This practice-oriented e-book could be an excellent resource of trustworthy updated advice for all who take care of those patients.
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The severe abnormalities in esophageal motility are caused by destruction of the myenteric plexus. The cause for this is unknown but there are several hypotheses. It has been suggested that achalasia is partly genetic, an autoimmune disease, or caused by a virus. Achalasia can also be secondary to Chagas’ disease; in that case the ganglia are destroyed by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which lives only in South America. Achalasia can have its first presentation in patients of all ages, equally frequent in men and women.
18). The signal can be recorded continuously, day and night, regardless of the presence of contractions in the distal stomach. When gastric contractions do occur, the amplitude of the sinusoidal EGG signal increases. Since the diagnostic value of EGG is extremely limited, the method is not in widespread use clinically. 5 mV 60 s Fig. 18 Electrogastrographic signals recorded from a healthy subject. Left panel: fasting. Right panel: postprandial. 11 Breath Tests There are two different types of breath tests that can be used to obtain information on the rate of transit through the gastrointestinal tract.
Stretching of the fundus by the gas will activate stretch sensors in the gastric wall, and through afferent fibers of the vagal nerve, a reflex is initiated that results in relaxation of the LES so that the air can escape the stomach. The relaxation of the LES is in this case not triggered by a swallow and is called transient LES relaxation (TLESR). This reflex prevents overdistention of the stomach. When the air reaches the esophagus, it can either trigger secondary peristalsis and being pushed back to the stomach or, when the air reaches the proximal esophagus, it can induce reflexogenic relaxation of the UES and the air can escape.